Kyoko Kawai PROGRAM DIRECTOR/COACH
Kyoko is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach. She joined the DC Tri Club in 2011 as a member of NTP. After she completed her first sprint distance triathlon (NTP graduation race), she has raced and finished wide range of triathlon races including Ironman 140.6 distance. She has qualified to be a member of Team USA Triathlon to represent USA Triathlon Age Group and has competed Draft-Legal Sprint World Championship races since 2018. She believes that NTP provided her a solid foundation and wants to give back to the program. 2022 NTP is her 7th year to serve in the NTP leadership team. She also coaches DC Tri Club NoVa weekly track workout in Arlington, VA.
Juliana Bilowich PROGRAM MANAGER
Jules completed DC Tri Club’s New Triathlete Program in 2019 after dabbling in adventure races and other sports. She has since taken on triathlons internationally and has also branched out to offroad and obstacle races. Her favorite part of triathlon is feeling empowered and empowering others. When she’s not training, she is writing affordable housing policy, traveling, cooking, or making art.
Hernando Herrera NTP CO-LEADER
After being a year-round athlete through high school (soccer, wrestling, track, swimming) and staying fit through his 20s, Hernando slowed down significantly in his 30s and early 40s. But, after seeing a dear friend kick her pack-a-day cigarette habit and go from I-can-barely-jog a block to running her first half-marathon, Hernando realized he needed to get back in shape.
Not a gifted athlete in any discipline and easily bored, he decided that a triathlon would be interesting. He joined the DC Tri Club through its New Triathlete Program (NTP) in 2014. Since then, he has completed several Sprint races and about 10 Olympic races.
During that first year, he swore to everyone around him that he would “never ever!” compete in a half Ironman race. So, everyone was surprised when he entered and finished two Half Ironman races in 2015! By his own admission, he usually finishes near the back-of-the-pack and once finished a race dead last! But, he never quits! He hopes to inspire others with his perseverance. Hernando participated in the club’s Olympic Distance Program in 2016 and was co-lead of the ODP and HIM programs in 2019 and 2020.
Ian McDonough NTP CO-LEADER
Ian returned to the exciting world of triathlon in 2017 and joined the DC Tri Club in 2021. He has completed the Patagonman Xtri, Ironman Maryland, six half Ironmans, and a handful of sprint and olympic races, but still manages to learn something new at every event. A self-described “swammer” (reformed swimmer), Ian also plays water polo with the Washington DSeahorses and is a yoga teacher. When not out running on the mall, he enjoys coffee, wine, and naps (depending on the time of day).
Catharine Myung NTP CO-LEADER
Catharine joined the DC Tri Club in 2011 as a member of NTP. She also started the DC Tri Club Masters Swim program because she the level of swimming she did before NTP was on par with swimming up to the pool bar and not dying when someone threw her into the pool. Now she’s a level 2 US Masters Swim certified coach and enjoys helping everyone find their inner mermaid or merman. Catharine is also one of the leads of the DC Tri Club’s Slow2Mod group, and a member of our MOCO group. Hey – the rules say that athletes are allowed to crawl to the finish line. And that she did for her Half Ironmans, marathons, and various other distances.
Lauren Pittenger NTP CO-LEADER
Lauren joined DC Tri in 2017 after relocating to the DC Metro area from Atlanta, but began her triathlon career in 2010 when she decided on a whim to buy a bike and sign up for Augusta 70.3. Since then she has completed 4 full Ironman triathlons and too many 70.3’s to keep track of. She is an alumni of the DC Tri HIM program and Masters Swim and is looking forward to getting back to training with other people after the past two years.
Juene Rader NTP CO-LEADER
Juene first started triathlons in 2019 through the DC TRI NTP program. Unable to complete the Olympic distance she trained for due to conflicting vacation plans (hiking Mount Kilimanjaro and returning deathly ill) she changed her goal registration to Sprint, and then signed up for and completed Luray Olympic a few months later. Truly enjoying the sport of triathlons she signed up for several 2020 races and then spent 2021 trying to complete them. She concluded 2021 by completing the Maine 70.3 and Waterman Olympic/Sprint double. She is eager to continue training, racing and excited to assist with the 2022 NTP program.
Melani Robinson NTP CO-LEADER
Melani has been a member of DC Tri Club since 2019, when she joined NTP in preparation for her first triathlon. Although she’s grown to love the bike adventures alongside friends, Melani came into the sport with a strong running background, having finished three marathons to date. She recently completed Maine 70.3 and has her sites on more 70.3s in the next year. When she’s not training or racing, Melani works as a Federal IT consultant. In her free time she enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and exploring the city. Melani has been a consistent member of November Project DC and plans monthly happy hours and social events for the group.
Glenn Thomas NTP CO-LEADER
Glenn joined the DC Tri Club in the fall of 2014 and signed up for his first triathlon in order to learn how to swim laps at the pool. I figured that learning how to swim in open water would make swimming in a pool easy–oh how little I knew about learning to swim. I currently race the Olympic distances and have gone to USAT Age Group Nationals several times. Last year’s race in Milwaukee was probably my most enjoyable race and looking forward to going back to swim in Lake Michigan again. I truly embrace multi-sportism so in addition to swim-bike-run, I like to mountain bike, rock climb, ski both alpine and nordic, and want to take up biathlon soon since its gotta be easier–its one less event eh?